Hey, isn’t that. . .?: MC Hammer, Richard Blanco, Dikembe Mutumbo


(Sarah Kogod/The Washington Post)

• Richard Blanco — the poet you may recognize from his reading of the inaugural poem at the swearing-in Monday — dropping by the Library of Congress Wednesday. Natasha Trethewey, the U.S. poet laureate, currently doing a poet-in-residence stint at the library, invited him to come say hi.

• Dikembe Mutombo stuck outside the the orange gate at 1st and D NW with the rest of the ticketed crowd trying to get to the swearing-in. Looked like the retired NBA star made it in eventually.

• Gabrielle Union, Nicole Ari-Parker and Boris Kodjoe wandering the hallways of the National Portrait Gallery Monday after they were turned away from the BET/Hennessy inaugural ball when the room hit capacity. They ended up getting a mini-tour of the museum as a publicist sneaked them through the back corridors to another entrance.

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